The following sample gestational diabetes diet plan is designed to provide a framework for a food guide that can be used to help you build a healthy diet plan. Gestational diabetes can be effectively controlled with diet alone, so it is important to follow diet recommendations and keep blood sugar levels under control. Be sure to speak with a nutritionist if you are suffering from gestational diabetes so that they can answer all of your questions.
Steps to Developing a Gestational Diabetes Diet Plan
Follow these simple food guide steps to put together a healthy diet plan that works for you:
- Eat small meals throughout the day, ideally 3 small meals with 2 to 3 snacks at regular times throughout the day. Be sure not to ever skip meals or snacks.
- Consume fewer carbohydrates at breakfast than at other meals, as this is when insulin resistance is at its greatest.
- Work to balance your carbohydrate consumption evenly throughout the day with each meal and snack that you eat.
- Always choose high fiber foods, including whole grain breads, cereals, pasta, fruits, vegetables and rice.
- Minimize your sugar and fat intake as much as possible.
- Drink adequate liquids per day, which during pregnancy is 8 cups or 64 ounces.
- Eat at least 4 servings of dairy products throughout the day to ensure you are getting enough calcium.
- Include 3 servings of iron rich foods daily. These can include enriched grains, lean meat, eggs and leafy green vegetables.
- Get a daily dose of Vitamin C from oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, brussel spouts, green peppers or mustard greens.
By following these easy steps, you can keep your gestational diabetes under control, feel great (all the way up until delivery) and deliver the proper nutrients to your baby.